Newport News mother accused of beating teen with electrical cord

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A Newport News mother has been charged with felony child abuse.

Police arrested 33-year-old Beverly Riddick yesterday.

Investigators say they were tipped off by school officials at Riddick’s 16-year-old daughter’s school.

Police say Riddick whipped the teen with an electrical cord.

Beverly Riddick is now in jail.

The teenager and a younger child are with other family members.